4. The Sandhill Crane Glides Down to Land Along the Platte River
Step forward with the right leg. Place the weight evenly into the right
foot. Gradually lift the arms to the side and slightly backward, palms
facing down. Gradually lift the left leg into the air, and point the left
toe. Balance on the right foot. Lift the head slightly and look
forward. Inhale as you lift the left leg and lift both arms up. Hold
in the upward position for a few moments. Then, exhale as you draw the
left leg back down to the floor, and draw both arms down to the sides of the
thighs. As you exhale, imagine yourself as a Crane gliding downward,
lowering and angling your wings to slow your descent, getting your feet ready to
land on the muddy ground by the riverbank of the Platte River.
With our breathing in we lift to flight. With our breathing out we prepare
to land on the riverbank.
Repeat the same movement to the opposite side: left leg on ground, right leg
lifted, arms out to the side and back. Alternate back and forth from side
I prefer moving forward as I shift from side to side. However, if room
does not permit, then step back with both feet into the Crane Stance before
stepping out to the opposite side.
Hatha yoga practitioners know a variation of this movement as "Warrior Three" (Virabhadrasana
III) or "Balancing Stick." In the yoga version, both arms are extended
forward as far as possible with the palms touching. The extended position,
balancing on one leg, is held for 20 to 30 seconds (B.K. S. Iyengar, Light on
Yoga, 1966, p.74). The Crane Frolic method is more like a Vinyasa or
Flowing style of yoga, coordinated more with breathing pace without extended
holding in a static isometric posture for longer periods of time.
Cranes migrate to the
River in Nebraska from Canada each year.
We do see many gaggles of Canadian Geese in the winter months that migrate from as far as
Alaska to the warmer climate and muddy rice fields of the North Sacramento
Valley in California. However, I've never seen any cranes migrate to our
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